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Displaying 13 Lots in Category - Ephemera & Documents
Motley covers including 1844 Sydney-Melbourne entire with an interesting letter, 1892 from NSW to HMS "Britannia" at Melbourne, Victoria front with defective 1d & 3d Half-Lengths, etc, plus a group of fine PPCs including early Rose cards of Western Australia x4 (one a Trans-Australian Railway type used in 1932) & London x10 (mostly Philip G Hunt/Philco types), etc, and Badges for Victorian Education Department 1919 Children's Flower Day, 1919 Anzac Day Tasmania & 1960s (?) for Rural Youth South Australia.
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
KGV Single Watermark/Kangaroos Second Watermark wire "bits" from the original dandy roll comprising a vertical "strip" of three. [Arthur Gray's similar "strip" sold at our auction of 30.10.2015 for $977]
C of A - Flight Covers
1917 (Oct) "Money is a Good Soldier" Liberty Loan leaflet with imprint of 'Albert J.Mullett, Govt.Printer, Melb' at lower-left, dropped from a balloon over Melbourne by the Australian Flying Corps AAMC #14e, Cat.$750. Unusually fine. Ex John Sussex.
C of A - Military - World War I
Hospital Ships 1) folded lettersheet with superb straight-line 'HMAHS Kanowna' cachet in violet slightly obscured by 'AUSTRALIAN IMP FORCES/8MA16/BASE/POST OFFICE' cds used in Egypt, to Tasmania; 2) Australian Red Cross cover with triple-oval 'No 1 AUSTRALIAN HOSPITAL SHIP/KAROOLA' cachet - dateline removed - in violet, to South Australia; and 3) 1916 illustrated folder (104x155mm) with portraits of KGV & Queen Mary as used for the 1911 Coronation Postal Cards, with three fabric swatches pinned within headed 'Souvenir/No 1 Australian Hospital Ship/TSS Karoola' & bearing the names of the "cargo" of '448 Returning Wounded Heroes', minor silverfish damage at upper-right otherwise remarkably fine.
(Qty 3 items)
CASUALTIES: Five-page eye-witness account headed "Suvla Bay/4.12.15" speaks of the previous week's storms, of damage to hospital tents on the beach & flooding there, and "...we had another storm next day which happened to be worse...so the Hospital people decided to shift up on to the high ground...& the poor beggars have been shelled nearly every day since...the rain came down in torrents...we had about 7 inches in an hour, & the trenches were just small rivers & they are quite eight feet deep, the men were laying on the top... the snow was quite thick on the ground & had sleet all Sunday, & the wind was very cold which was the worst part of it all, & on the Monday...everything was frozen..." A wonderful if somewhat aged document. [The writer was Herbert Bowden of the RAN Bridging Train. Remarkably, the only comment that was censored was the number of patients evacuated]
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CASUALTIES: Eight-page (octavo) eye-witness account headed "Hospital Ship/Karapara/.../2 December 1915" that states "...the Turks countermined one of our tunnels & blew it up...we were at it all night, two men at a time lying down behind sandbags firing over them & two men shoving the bags forward...The fumes of the bombs & cartridges made the men lose consciousness, & then they had to be pulled out & other men take their places...The cold was severe...the ground was covered with snow...[a piece of shrapnel] hit me on the back...just like someone hitting me as hard as he could with a hammer...I walked about half a mile to the hospital...We have over 500 patients on board...Some have jaundice, a very common complaint at Gallipoli...[If] the men in the trenches are beaten it will be by the cold...", a bit aged & reinforced with archival tape along the folds. [The writer was Captain Ronald Smith: see next lot]
EVACUATION and REPATRIATION: Exhibit pages with a typed transcript headed "Lemnos Is 8.1.16" regarding the evacuation, plus postcards x3 & covers x2 from Gallipoli veterans returned to Egypt; also ephemera "The Gallipoli Letter Card" with 6 black & white photos within, and two commemorative programmes for Anzac Day 1916 commemorations; condition variable.
(Qty 13 items)
EVACUATION and REPATRIATION: Christmas 1915 'GALLIPOLI/GENERAL SIR WM R BIRDWOOD'S MESSAGE' booklet with central "Coo-ee to Australia" illustration by "Corpl Fullwood", various printed messages including from General Sir Ian Hamilton "...the Australians who have fought at Gallipoli will bequeath a heritage of honour to their children's children", very minor blemishes. Not previously seen by us.
NEW SOUTH WALES
REVENUES: 1881-1920s insurance policies for various firms mostly with beautifully engraved headers, all but two with various Stamp Duty values mostly KEVII issues to 7/- & some of them with perfins, one with duty paid on three separate occasions, generally fine to very fine. A most attractive lot.
(Qty 12 items)
RAILWAY STAMPS: 1903 Wmk Antique Locomotive master plate of six watermark "bits" from which the dandy roll was developed, instrument number '1144' impressed at upper-right. The watermark bits were constructed from fine wire that was affixed to the surface of the 2mm-thick metal backing plate (86x74mm). A remarkable survivor and a highly desirable & unique artefact: also an impression from the plate on a piece of oilskin in which the plate was stored. [Manufactured by the English firm Edwin Amies & Son Ltd. Arthur Gray's similar master plate for the KGV Heads Single Watermark sold at our auction of 30.10.2015 for $2856]
(Qty 2 items)
VICTORIA - Postmarks
Gracedale House: 'GRACEDALE HOUSE/13NO16/VIC' (ERD) very fine strike tying KGV 1d red to envelope - roughly opened - with printed 'GRACEDALE HOUSE' at upper-left, with four-page note on matching letterhead & 1907 PPC of the property. Rated RR. [7km ENE of Healesville. RO c.1902; PO 1.12.1914; closed c.1929]
(Qty 3 items)
RAILWAY STAMPS: 1907 Wmk 'WA/[crown]/GR' master plate of four watermark "bits" from which the dandy roll was developed, instrument number '2188' impressed vertically at lower-right. The watermark bits were constructed from fine wire that was affixed to the surface of the 2mm-thick metal backing plate (86x74mm). A remarkable survivor and a highly desirable & unique artefact: also the piece of oilskin - endorsed "2188" - in which the plate was stored. [Manufactured by the English firm Edwin Amies & Son Ltd. Arthur Gray's similar master plate for the KGV Heads Single Watermark sold at our auction of 30.10.2015 for $2856]
(Qty 2 items)
REVENUES: Packet of documents with Revenues including Lilacs to 3/- & 5/-, Lithos to 10/- & a couple of others, very mixed condition; also betting ticket (?) with printed '[crown]/WA/PAID/STAMP DUTY'.
(Qty 21 items)